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The Rider (2017)

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After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

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Chloé Zhao

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Chloé Zhao
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brady Jandreau ... Brady Blackburn
Mooney Mooney ... Gus
Tim Jandreau Tim Jandreau ... Wayne Blackburn
Lilly Jandreau Lilly Jandreau ... Lilly Blackburn
Leroy Pourier Leroy Pourier ... Frank
Cat Clifford ... Cat Clifford
Tanner Langdeau Tanner Langdeau ... Tanner Langdeau
James Calhoon James Calhoon ... James Calhoon
Lane Scott Lane Scott ... Lane Scott
Cameron Wright Cameron Wright ... Rodeo Cowboy #1
Jordon Slick Phelps Jordon Slick Phelps ... Rodeo Cowboy #2
Donnie Whirlwind Horse Donnie Whirlwind Horse ... Rodeo Cowboy #3
Terri Dawn Pourier Terri Dawn Pourier ... Terri Dawn (as Terri Dawn Landreau)
Allen Reddy Allen Reddy ... Bill (as Alan Reddy)
Greg Barber Greg Barber ... Bar Owner
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Storyline

Brady Blackburn, a rodeo bronc rider with some renown, learned everything he knows about horses and riding from his parents, Wayne and the now deceased Mari Blackburn. Brady is recovering from a fall off a bronking horse in a rodeo, the most serious of the injuries being a skull fracture which required a metal plate being inserted into his head. Including checking himself out of the hospital earlier than advised, Brady is determined to get back up onto the literal and proverbial horse as quickly as possible as being a cowboy is all he knows. But deep in his heart he knows that returning to the rodeo in particular is something that is probably not in the cards without increased risks, which is eventually confirmed by his doctor who tells him that he cannot sustain another serious head injury without some major consequence. He does not even want his friends and family to treat him with kid gloves in being able to do any of those physical activities which are part and parcel for him of ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rider See more »

Filming Locations:

Badlands, South Dakota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,244, 15 April 2018

Gross USA:

$2,419,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,363,600
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Company Credits

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Caviar, Highwayman Films See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and director Chloé Zhao first met Brady Jandreau during her research for her earlier film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015). She visited the ranch where Jandreau was working and he was teaching her how to ride a horse. She wanted to put him in one of her films, and when he had the accident that left him with life changing head injuries, she decided to base the script for her next film on his story. See more »

Quotes

Brady Blackburn: You know, Lilly, I believe God gives each of us a purpose.
Lilly Blackburn: Very true.
Brady Blackburn: To the horse, it's to run across the prairie. For a cowboy, it's to ride.
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Medicine Man
Performed by The Quaker City Night Hawks (as Quaker City Night Hawks)
Written by Ryan David Matsler
Courtesy of Lightning Rod Records
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
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A truly great movie that brought me to tears
13 May 2018 | by garygwilliamsSee all my reviews

I love big budget blockbusters like Black Panther and Infinity Wars but there is a special place in my heart for the little guy with the little film with a little budget that can still bring the story home. I do not usually like sad stories. I firmly believe that movies should first entertain and then teach a lesson just like the best children's story. This is sometimes painful to watch but you have to root for Brady Blackburn. The shots of the Badlands are spectacular, the emotion heartfelt and the filmmaker's vision realized.


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